So many times I prayed that this day would not come. And there are no words, really, to describe how deeply a loss it is for so many of our UFC family.
Suzy Friton, our longtime and beloved UFC makeup artist, friend and more, left peacefully on September 9th.
His attitude and courage during his final weeks will inspire many of us for years to come. His fight was so valiant, the belief in his ability to beat this thing so strong. I am convinced that I would have succumbed much sooner. She was just able to channel a focus, a ferocity, and a positivity that really helped prolong her life.
There was no one like Suzy. You couldn’t help but be drawn to his energy. And she would stop at nothing to make sure your day or minute is better. She was constantly uplifting people with her spirit. Even when she was in the fight of her life, she was aware of us. They don’t come any better.
As you might expect with someone you love so much, a lot of people came to Suzy’s aid. And while I know I’ll leave someone out, I have to thank @heidideanharris, @meganolivi, @ariannyceleste, @cgartistry, @brittneypalmer, @ chelseaclay16, Tara and Jason. Dude, have you all answered the call in the most heartwarming way. She felt every ounce of that love and support.
There are countless others who have donated or gone far beyond providing key services. The UFC athletes made gestures that I will remember forever, many of them only returning the kindness and goodwill that Suzy had established with them over the years. @dustinpoirier, @tonyfergusonxt, @jonnybones, @ mickeygall… and so on. Thank you. I’m sorry for the dozen I left out.
Suzy was a big part of so many of my best professional memories. It was even she who found the name “Tatum” for my second daughter when we could not understand it. So grateful to have this truth with me forever.
I love you, Suzy. I’m glad you’re not in pain anymore. We continue in your honor, albeit a little reluctantly. I am so grateful to have crossed your trail. I love you.